The mixed-race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral is raised by her aristocratic great-uncle in 18th-century England.
Amma Assante on ‘Belle’:
“What made me realize that this story needed to be told, is we do not see people of color in historical drama’s unless they are a slave. Unless they are in a subservient role. And to see an educated, privileged woman, who gets to kind of go on a journey and find her true voice, that to me is really inspiring. And I thought we need to have this out there for the next generation of young girls seeing themselves in history. If you have acknowledgements of your roots then you can do anything.”